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EFI Foster City Reviews

Updated December 24, 2016
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Foster City, CA

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  • New management/ Upper management did not allow time to skill up with education (in 19 reviews)

  • Senior Management has high expectations (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EFI (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many great colleagues there; nice onsite food service, facility was great for walks at lunch, and close to many good restaurants.

    Cons

    Employee affirmation was stilted and insincere most of the time. Employee benefits were just enough to be competitive, but never conveyed any particular commitment on the part of management. Management confused cutting excess with cutting essentials, causing multiple employees to leave as soon as they could to avoid burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Valuing your employees more would benefit you, and the company, as well as the employees. There's a difference between cutting fat and cutting muscle and bone; you need to learn the difference.

    EFI Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – Manager Talent Acquisition Americas

    Thanks for your feedback on valuing employees. We do agree that employees are the most important asset of the company. I hope you were able to participate in some of the many programs and initiatives ... More


  2. Helpful (6)

    "The worst 4 years of my life, no kidding!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I was there they had a nice building in Foster City overlooking the bay, not anymore. The company has moved its headquarters to Fremont.

    Cons

    The company has existed for a long time, the code base is old and not too much new development is going on. Instead, it's they follow the principle, if it works don't touch it. And sure it does work, but that is not the question, the question is how well? Most people do bug fixes. Only maybe 10% of engineers do actual development. So, if you're young and you're smart (I don't mean you're a genius, I mean you're a capable engineer who can get the job done and you are good with basic algorithms so you can prepare for interviews) and you feel like you're not challenged enough, then GET OUT OF THIS PLACE. There are plenty of companies that pay at least 30-40% more than EFI does. And you'll get to learn new technologies and work with a lot of smart people. If you talk to others within the company you'll get the feeling that they feel the same way, at the same time they don't want to do anything about it... Do not be like them. Go out and try and change and it'll most likely be good.

    EFI Response

    Sep 30, 2016 – Manager Talent Acquisition Americas

    Ouch. :-( We’ve been in Fremont for three years now, your feedback might be a bit dated, but our facility in Fremont is state-of-the-art and facilitates great collaboration among our employees, which ... More


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Worst company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EFI full-time

    Pros

    1 ) no work
    2 ) work life balance
    3 ) there is no pros
    4 ) it seems like a government company

    Cons

    1) no new technology
    2) stale talent
    3) useless management.
    4 ) do not join this company,
    5) lot of dumb people

    Advice to Management

    change yourself.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, ok tech, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful. Great work ethic. The really try to help customers.

    Cons

    Low pay. Low pay. Low pay.
    The world is the printed page is shrinking. It will never go away but it will always be pressured.

    Advice to Management

    At least try to be at 50% of market rate in salary


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Senior QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EFI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice building in Foster City, but I heard they sold it and went to Fremont.

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, not much opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Inflation will get you to a billion, eventually. Just be patient.


  7. "Great and Dynamic Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    EFI is a great and dynamic company, with a young management team, and open minded. The company has a friendly base on international employees with offices all over the world, and constantly in search for skilled employees. The CEO is very accessible and the company fosters a culture of trust, innovation, open mindness.

    Cons

    Overall compensation seemed below market. Base salary is below market and cash bonuses are very small, which is not surprising because the company's culture is to provide performance-based stock comp. Stock comp is mainly based on financial metrics and the stock price.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Poor management and evironment"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great people from all different backgrounds

    Cons

    Terrible management and stressed out employees

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee development and career path. Employees are what make a good company great and they should be happy in their work environment. HR was non responsive to several issues that took place the time I was there. They sat while things got worse and did not take action.


  9. "Great Experience and learned a lot"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Foster City, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EFI as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team and office culture. The time I worked there I really appreciated my coworkers.

    Cons

    Too many changes were happening and changes on staff so it was very hard to keep track of some projects.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Endless bug fixing, lack of new projects."

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good location and laid-back corporate atmosphere.

    Cons

    Most of engineering jobs are really maintenance jobs. The technology is outdated.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "I learned a lot."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, good people, great location. It can be an aggressive environment but I learned a lot from it that made me more marketable.

    Cons

    Too much offshore (India). Aggressive environment. Not sure the future of this business is sound anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be less aggressive with employees. It felt like the US was a sinking ship and that it would soon go almost offshore.


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